Fire damages duplex in Lawrence; no injuries reported

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Fire damaged a duplex in the 2700 block of Crestline Drive Tuesday evening, but no injuries were reported, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.

LDCFM was dispatched to the fire just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when a caller sad they could see flames from inside the unit. Firefighters arrived within five minutes, according to a news release from LDCFM.

“Fire crews worked to force open the front door to gain entry to the unoccupied residence. A hose line was stretched through the front door and the fire was extinguished quickly,” according to the release. “Firefighters immediately searched the residence to verify that it was unoccupied. The residents in the other unit of the duplex unit evacuated quickly and safely.”

Crews were on the scene for more than an hour, according to the release.

“Even though the fire was extinguished quickly, crews spent the next 30 minutes ensuring the fire did not extend to any other parts of the residence,” according to the release. “Firefighters opened windows and used a large fan to remove smoke from the impacted unit.”

The cause of the fire was still under investigation by an LDCFM fire investigator as of Tuesday night, and no damage estimates were available. 

“We always want to remind the community to check your smoke detectors and ensure proper operation and replace batteries as needed,” the release stated.

August Rudisell/Lawrence Times Firefighters work at the scene of a duplex fire, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023.
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